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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  65,385 ratings  ·  2,469 reviews
This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by Signet Classics (first published 1897)
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Jacob
July 2010

In a very old episode of This American Life (listen here), John Hodgman asks the ultimate question: Flight vs. Invisibility? It’s an amusing party topic, a fun little game to play, but there’s actually more to it than that. As a “Super Rorschach Test,” the question is difficult to answer because the two choices both tell us very different things about ourselves. Flight is noble, something we aspire to; invisibility is a more primal desire, something hidden and mysterious. There’s even a
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Stephen
2.0 stars. I had not read this book in many years and so I decided to re-read it over the weekend. In retrospect, this might have been a big mistake. Previously, I had very fond memories of the book as one of the best of the “classic” horror stories along with Dracula, Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Well, it is certainly a classic of the genre, but I no longer feel like it deserves a place among the elite of its peers.

If can I may borrow and paraphrase from the
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Amy
Do you think the notion of an invisible man was really foreign to the readers during the time Wells wrote? While I found this book moderately entertaining, thought the scientific "theories" were thought-provoking, and felt there were seeds of some really potent themes (however undernourished the seeds turned out to be), I feel like Wells was totally preoccupied with trying to describe to the reader what it would be like to have an invisible man in our midst. This isn't a concept that I (as a mod ...more
Anne
Jun 13, 2015 Anne marked it as to-read
Buddy Read on 8/10 with Jeff, Delee, Evgeny, Tadiana, Stepheny, Will (be gentle it's his first time), Dan (he found a free copy!), Dan 2.0 (if he can remember his password), Alissa, Christopher, Steve, Jess, & Licha.
Anyone else wanna tick this classic off your to-read list?

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Safae
While reading this book, I tried to imagine reading it in the late years of the 19th century,having in mind that it was an era of inventions, the invention of the television was shortly afterwards, in 1900 a television was shown in an electricity congress in Paris, and that was the first time it was called a television,the escalator, the radio,the helicopter,..etc and many other inventions of the first years of the 20th century, so those people thought that everything was possible, and especiall ...more
Stefan Yates
My second H.G. Wells novel. Honestly, I didn't enjoy The Invisible Man quite as much as I did The War of the Worlds. The storyline and writing were both top notch, but I just found it hard to REALLY enjoy a novel in which I totally despised the main character.

In all actuality, I guess my feelings towards the protagonist/antagonist (yes, both are the same character) would be considered a win for the author, as I feel that Wells didn't intend for the reader to truly like this character. What I fi
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Edward
Biographical Note
Introduction
Further Reading
Note on the Text


--The Invisible Man

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Kristen
I love Wells, why I was never made to read anything by him in high school I will never know. The Invisible Man follows the story of an un-named man who enters a tavern/inn in a small town. The man is wrapped head to toe in bandages, eyes covered by goggles and a hat pulled down. Assuming the mysterious man to have been horribly scarred, the innkeeper’s wife rents him a room without even asking his name. Very quickly the reader learns that the man is invisible, and not all that pleasant to begin ...more
Jonathan
There are some semi-spoilers in this review. However none of them can describe the experience of actually reading this book and the language used and mainly refer to generally commonly known elements of this book.

This is perhaps my favourite of H.G.Wells' books that I have read. This in itself is interesting as it has slipped into a sort of obscurity when compared to the fame of The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. However what I love about this book is its greater grounding in human aff
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Jacob
Melville House Presents: The Invisible Man; or, Hey Everyone, I Bet We Could Find Some Great Novellas By Unjustly-Forgotten Eighteenth- Or Nineteenth-Century Female Writers If We Did A Bit of Digging, But Fuck It, Let's Just Do H. G. Wells Instead, Because What The World Really Needs Is Another Edition Of The Invisible Man, Amiright?
Alison ☆彡
“In the middle of the night she woke up dreaming of huge white heads like turnips, that came trailing after her, at the end of interminable necks, and with vast black eyes. But being a sensible woman, she subdued her terrors and turned over and went to sleep again.”


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This book was really interesting, mostly because it was written in 1897. At that time, people had no idea what an "invisible man" was. Come on, invisible?! Nobody had ever heard of that until H.G. Wells comes out w
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Kathryn
Wells had a gift for combining science fiction and social commentary which remains relevant to our times. The Invisible Man can be taken at face value and only the surface story considered. Or the reader can reflect on some of the things Wells may or may not have been trying to say, especially involving society, idividuality, ostracizing and passing judgement, xenophobia, and other such topics that solely pertain to human interaction.

I have become a huge fan of H.G. Wells, though it still rankle
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*

3.5 Stars

The Invisible Man is character orientated in its own way, but by taking a distant tone to illustrate the isolation of genius from society, the corruption of power. HG Wells makes sure the man isn’t even that likeable, although of course my silly heart felt compassion sometimes anyway.

If you’re familiar with the Universal classic movie, the first chapters – that is his time at the Inn – is pretty identical in sequence and outcome in the film. Thankfully the shrew innkeeper woman wasn’t a
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Carol
The Invisible Man published in 1897 is a great sci-fi Classic!

Born an albino, Griffin has always been an outcast, and as a young chemistry student, his experiments lead to "invisibility" tried first on small objects, then a (view spoiler) and eventually himself (view spoiler)

At first, our scientist has a little fun with his deceptive existence, but his life of dread soon begins in earnest when he discov

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Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
August 10, 2015 buddy read with Jeff, Anne, Delee, Evgeny, Will, Stepheny, the Dans, Alissa, Christopher, Steve, Jess . . .

There's always room for more!

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Huda Aweys
قرأته زمااان :) و تقريبا اكتر من مرة كمان ، لكن لما أتيحت لي الفرصة لقرائته بالانجليزية (خصوصا و انه كتاب خفيف و بقالي فترة كبيرة ماقرأتش كتاب بالانجليزية) أعدت قراءته من كام يوم
امم .. مبدئيا دايما لما بتيجي تقيم كتاب ، او عمل كلاسيكي (ادبي او علمي بالذات) بتراعي فروق التوقيت :))) ، يعني بتراعي فرق الزمن مابين وقت كتابة العمل و اعداده و مابين وقت قراءتك له واطلاعك عليه ! ، و بتراعي التطور العلمي و النقدي اللي حصل من وقتها ليومك هذا ،
في (الرجل الخفي) الفكرة العلمية اللي قامت عليها الرواية نفسها
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Jerome
So you want a review, do you? Well then, look here. No, not there, you fool; you are looking in the wrong place. Ha, ha, ha. You don't like this game? Who said you were supposed to? You want the invisible man but you hate the invisible review? Have I stolen something from you? Maybe I need it more than you. Maybe my very survival depends upon it. Still can't see my review? Then maybe you need to read The Invisible Man.

This is a classic book that I have actually looked forward to reading. Who doe
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Stuart
The Invisible Man: Not someone you want to piss off
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man (1897) is a story known by most people, but how many have actually read the book? It’s probably a lot darker and action-packed than you think. Also, like most of Wells’ books, it is not long and is available free as an ebook, so why not give it a try? It’s well worth an afternoon’s reading.

Imagine you are an ambitious but poor young medical student named Griffith, eager to make
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Matt
Mar 02, 2007 Matt rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wells fans might enjoy it; most readers will be bored.
Science fiction owes a huge debt to H.G. Wells. His “scientific romances” explored conceits that writers are still fascinated with. SF fans worth their salt, then, will make it a point to read the major works of the Father of Science Fiction. In that spirit I picked up The Invisible Man.

A stranger takes up lodging in a rustic inn. His eccentric behavior is remarked upon, demanding complete privacy and going about in concealing attire. Inexplicable mischief arrives with him and, when word gets ou
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Jeffrey
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R.
One man's strange desire to be something and nothing exacts its toll by driving him completely insane. Criminally insane. In our day and age, a man like this would be labeled a threat to society, a terrorist...at the turn of the century he was, merely THE INVISIBLE MAN.

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Okay, so I finally sat down and watched the Universal Studios version of this (starring Claude Rains - what a hoot!); and I must say that, thanks to a friend allowing me to sit in on several of her film studies classes, I see no
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⊱ Irena ⊰
The Invisible Man is a story of a brilliant mind declining into madness. The unexpected disadvantages of being invisible take him by surprise and he becomes selfish and completely uncaring of anything else other than his own comfort. Not that he was much better when he was visible.
'I had impunity to do whatever I chose, everything - save to give away my secret.'
This is not the first time I've read this story and it probably won't be the last. It is, however, the first time I've been annoyed by
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Erin Verginia
Maybe the extreme popularity of this story, or the title alone ruined it for me, but it was hard to develop an interest in the character. You go into the story knowing the man is invisible, so when the author is describing the man’s strange behavior, it only confounds the other characters in the story, not the reader. Much more suspense could have been built if the story were titled, “The mysterious case of Joe Blow” or whatnot, to at least keep the readers in suspense for the first 40 pages (I ...more
Oscar
‘El Hombre Invisible’ (The Invisible Man, 1897) es otro clásico indiscutible del escritor H.G. Wells. La historia es aparentemente simple y lineal. Escrita en tercera persona, empieza cuando un extraño hombre llega al tranquilo pueblo de Iping con la intención de instalarse en la posada de la señora Hall. El forastero, completamente embozado tras su abrigo, sombrero y grandes gafas, únicamente exige que no se le moleste mientras trabaje en su habitación. Pero la curiosidad de los lugareños es ac ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
A corking good read! Just great old-fashioned yarning! Being invisible isn't nearly as much fun as it sounds. In fact it's downright inconvenient. And hazardous, to boot.

I thought this was going to be a little sinister or scary, but it's not. If you stop and try to picture some of what's happening, it's actually rather hilarious. The Invisible Man has to stay invisible to hide from people who mean him harm. This means he can't wear clothes, which are not invisible and would give him away. So th
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain


لو اخبرني أحدهم اني سأستمتع برواية تتعلق بالرجل الخفي! لقلت له: لست جادًا أبدًا:(
رصيد الرجل الخفي في ذهني مرتبط بالظرافة و المقالب المضحكة و ألعاب الخفة، إن تمادى سيكون لشخص يريد استعادة حقوقه المسلوبة! يثير اعجاب فتاته أو يحميها ويصلح ما فسد من أمورها،لكن هذا الرجل الخفي يمتلك قصة أخرى تستحق القراءة،في قرية ابنج في وقت الشتاء حيث يندر زوار القرية.. يحِلّ نزيل غامض في فندق العربة و الحصان الذي تديره السيدة هول.. نزيلٌ مجوف بفكرة مجوفة يثير زوبعة من الاهتمام حول هويته وسبب قدومه للقرية.

رواية مُعم
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Erik
Wells is famous for changing the course of science fiction. Up to the time of his writing, science fiction was more about the science than it was about the fiction: a reader need but pick up one of Jules Vernes' famous adventures to see that the science is painstakingly presented as quite real, quite feasible. Wells, however, opted to go further afield, using science that was not yet possible (indeed, we've yet to invent the invisible man or a time machine, and the latter seems entirely impossib ...more
Marvin
This is a novel by H. G. Wells I've never gotten around to until now. Perhaps because invisible people are a bit on the boring side. I mean how many things can you do while invisible until you get bored and say "What's the thrill?". H. G. Wells saw invisibility as a comment on Victorian values. Of course, the Victorians didn't have the internet or sexting to get their jollies off so invisibility may have came in handy. Perhaps we should have invisibility. Congressman Wiener might still be congre ...more
Kaethe
Having rediscovered that Wells is a fantastic writer, I queued him up again pretty quickly. Bless you nameless myriads at Project Gutenberg and similar, for making this and other public domain books free and instantly available!

So, what happens if a sociopath manages the trick of invisibility? Well, first we get an invisible cat, which delights me no end, loathe as I am to inconvenience the visible ones who hinder me from reading. Fortunately, for all his skill as a researcher, Griffin is kind o
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government schol ...more
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